We gave you some information on the city walls in our previous post – Xi’an City Walls – and now follow us as we hire a bicycle, and take a 100 minute journey around those walls.
We had read in our guide book that biking the city wall was an enjoyable and interesting experience – so why would we miss an opportunity like that? To cycle the whole circuit around the wall takes 1.5 to 2 hours at a medium speed. The bicycle deposit is CNY 200. The single bicycle costs CNY 40/ 100 minutes. The tandem bicycle costs CNY 60/ 100 minutes. The triple bicycles costs CNY 80/ 100 minutes. We hired one of the tandem bikes, but at that time we knew nothing about how long it would take to get around the walls – we didn’t really care either. We were just there to have a good time!
It was almost the end of the day, so daylight was fading fast. We were able to get some decent shots, but you will have to excuse the numerous blurry ones. We were battling along – tying to cycle, stay balanced, enjoy the surroundings, AND take pictures. Tandem biking takes a few minutes to adjust to. Especially when you are laughing and taking pictures!!!
There’s no denying ~ This was a lot of fun!!
A temple next to the city wall
As we were cycling, Justin spotted some money on the ground.
It wasn’t much, but it was well spotted! Well done Boo!
Justin rode in the front for the majority of the way. He tried to ride in the back seat once, but his legs were too long, so that didn’t work very well. We mostly just giggled, fell over, and then switched back to our former positions. Lesson learnt – Tall one goes in the front!
Being the crazy kids that we are – We took turns jumping off the bike, and then walking alongside taking pictures. Of course, at this stage, we were paying absolutely no attention to the time, or the fact that we had a deadline by which to return the bike. Haha!
We even took time to get off the bike and play around with the life-size Terracotta Warriors we found on one portion of the wall. We tried to figure out how we could steal one of these, and get it off the wall, without anyone noticing.
Maybe we could take it apart….??
We soon figured out that getting off the bike to take photos meant that we would not make it around the 14 km walls, in the the 100 minutes that we paid for. After this… we had to peddle, hard!!!!
If we were late, sure we would only pay a minimal penalty, but racing to the “finish line” made this journey all the more exciting. Justin and I are all for saving money while we are backpacking, and this was a fun way of doing that. We were drenched with sweat, and panting, when we got to the bicycle stand – but WE MADE IT!
Back on our feet again, we decided to take in some of the surrounding sights now that the sun had gone down. The city was starting to light up, and everything looked mystical and enchanting. The stage above is used for re-enactment shows and traditional dances.
Justin stayed on the wall while I ran downstairs to wave at him.
Once the lanterns were lit the tunnels came alive.
This was definitely one of the biggest highlights of our trip to Xi’an.
We had such a great time walking along on the city wall and riding the tandem bicycle.